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By William Smith / Little, Brown, and Company / 1870
The three-volume Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology provides an excellent resource for identifying significant figures mentioned by ancient Roman and Greek writers. A classic work of nineteenth-century lexicography, it spans the fields of mathematics, architecture, philosophy, history, medicine, the arts, and more.
Gleaning knowledge from distinguished authorities and scholars of the day from institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford, this work is a valuable compilation of classical scholarship. Unlike many other lexicons of the time it includes biographical information of Christian writers in context of the history of Greek and Roman literature. A comprehensive dictionary, it includes the names of all person of any importance which occur in the ancient Greek and Roman writers.
A dictionary founded on a careful examination of original sources and scholarship, this is one reference work any serious scholar of ancient texts will be excited to have in their collection. The Noet edition of the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology helps you reap the maximum benefits of this volume. Completely searchable and easily accessible, Scripture passages are linked directly to your preferred English translations and Greek and Hebrew texts, and subjects and events are cross-referenced to the other dictionaries, encyclopedias, and resources in your digital library. The Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology is an invaluable resource for pastors and students who want to know more about ancient culture and life.
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"Does a book written over 160 years ago matter today? The answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ on two grounds: First, Smith’s Dictionary is [a] splendid work of reference which is attractively presented in this edition . . . second, it is useful in appreciating the importance of classics in Victorian Britain. . . . It is therefore a gripping read on how classics claimed new relevance in the late 19th-century imperial climate."
—The Anglo-Hellenic Review
William Smith (1813–1893) was educated in classical literature, Greek, and Latin before turning his attention to lexicography. Smith was the editor of five subject dictionaries, including the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography,the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, and Smith’s Bible Dictionary. He was the editor of the Quarterly Review from 1867 until his death.